One of SILABE’s three core values are ethics. We are committed, day-in and day-out, to providing quality services in a manner that respects animal welfare. All our activities are addressed though systematic consideration for animal well-being and the preservation of appropriate care.
For more than 40 years, behavioural research has been carried out on the 9 species present on site, all of which are kept in social groups and some of which are housed in semi-free-range enclosures. This research, which has led to a great number of scientific publications, has allowed us to develop our knowledge and understanding of these species and share our insight with the scientific community.
In our day-to-day work, this knowledge is invaluable and contributes to improving the welfare of animals held in captivity. When applied, this expertise leads to :
- Environmental enrichment: design, evaluation, implementation
- Training for cooperation in care and handling
In addition to these fundamental principles, an internal animal welfare body (the SBAE) and an independent, external ethics committee ensure that the principle of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement) is applied in the projects conducted on site, thus contributing to the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.